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Civilian Department of the Navy Careers

The Department of the Navy offers numerous civilian career opportunities in a variety of environmental fields.  More than 60 environmental careers provide endless opportunities to work on creative and challenging projects with talented people across the globe. Some Navy career fields involve general environmental research while others involve specializing in marine mammals, sea turtles, fish, invertebrates, or marine ecosystems. The Navy is committed to hiring and developing future leaders and promoting a workforce well-equipped to be successful, especially in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. As a civilian employee, you can be a steward of the environment while serving your nation and directly supporting America’s warfighters.

Types of jobs offered:

  • Botanist
  • Chemist
  • Community Planner
  • Ecologist
  • Fishery Biologist
  • Forester
  • General Biologist
  • Geologist
  • GIS Data Manager
  • Marine Biologist
  • Natural Resource Specialist
  • Oceanographer
  • Rangeland Manager
  • Scientific Diver
  • Sound Analyst
  • Wetlands Scientists
  • Wildlife Biologist

What might I be doing?

  • Animal tagging
  • Data collection/analysis
  • Environmental compliance
  • Environmental outreach
  • Hunting/fishing/recreation program management
  • Invasive species management
  • Land restoration
  • Operational planning support
  • Plant or animal surveys
  • Wildland fire management

Students or Recent Graduates

Through the Pathways Program, the Navy and Marine Corps have employment opportunities for high school and college students, recent graduates, and professionals interested in building new skills or changing careers. Internship programs include both entry-level and paid opportunities for current students to explore federal careers while completing their education.

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Experienced Professionals

Wherever you are in your career, the Navy and Marine Corps have opportunities for you to support your nation and advance professionally. Whether you began in private industry and are looking to do more with your professional talents or would like to use the skills you gained in the military, the Department of the Navy is looking for talented citizens like you.

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How Do I Find These Jobs? 

Visit to find posted government positions and available internships.       

  • Step 1: Create an account and set up your profile
  • Step 2: Search employment and internship opportunities by location or by keyword

Possible keywords include the agency name, department name, or job title (e.g., “Natural Resource Specialist”) 

  • Step 3: Review job announcement in its entirety 
  • Step 4: Complete and submit application

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